NEOSHO, MO.--- Crowder College is celebrating 50 years by placing their history on the bookshelves. Faculty and staff feel the Camp Crowder generation is disappearing, so a history book is needed. The land where the school now sits used to be an Army training camp in the 1940's, but you wouldn't ever believe it without the book.
"There were some pictures in there and it's like 'oh! I forgot about this event or this is exciting. I remember this day," said Cindy Brown, Crowder College.
The campus transformed from Camp Crowder to Crowder College in 1963, starting with 361 students.
"There used to be a road that ran right in the middle of what is now the campus. And when you turn down that street, it looks like you can see almost to Illinois. It was one straight road that ran right through the middle of the campus," said Dr. Kent Farnsworth, Crowder College Interim President.
Now, the campus has grown to more than 6,000 students. Crowder has a book explaining their 50 years of history.
"When the book first came out, they showed a picture of me from about 1985 when I was 39 years old, new president of the college. And I was wearing that same tie that I had on that day," said Dr. Farnsworth.
It features old photos, memories, and stories from alumni and former staff.
"A lot of interviews with community members, past and present instructors, faculty and staff. You know about their experiences here," said Dr. Farnsworth.
"Just shortly after I came here, they took the first solar car Australia to the Trans Australia Solar Car Race. I had an opportunity to go down with the team and race. So that's become apart of the great Crowder College history," said Brown.
Staff say gathering the stories together took around two years. It is available in the Crowder bookstore for $25.